Buying Socks for Someone with Diabetes
I do not like to wear socks. As soon as the weather permits, they are banished from my wardrobe, not to return until the weather demands. This works out to about 10 sock less, joyful weeks.
What is behind my dislike of socks? Well for one thing, finding comfortable and affordable socks is a challenge. Often, even when expensive, the socks are too tight or too long.
Too long socks bunch up in my shoes and hurt my feet.
Too tight socks cut the blood circulation to my feet, and this is not desirable under normal conditions and unhealthy and possibly dangerous for anyone who has diabetes.
Now, not wearing socks when you have diabetes is considered a no-no. When you go barefoot you increase the possibility of getting cuts on your feet and even a small cut that goes untreated can have disastrous consequences. If you cannot feel the cut, and do not detect it in time, you may lose a leg.
I do have a pair of lambs wool slippers I wear when walking around the house but they come off as soon as I sit down.
I only go barefoot inside, outside I wear a good pair of walking sandals. The sidewalks and green spaces of our world are not safe for bare feet.
Years back I bought socks at as low a price I could get, after all they are just sock so why not safe money. Foot care is why not.
Now, I look for a good quality sock with a cushiony bottom and a pair that are not too tight at the top. This can be a difficult combination to find in a regular sock. So I now purchase sock deigned for people who have diabetes.
I find my feet hurt less when I do wear them so that is a big plus.
I did a little research looking for some guidelines and found that some suggest wearing white socks only, I never did find out why. For me that is not going to happen. Some suggested cotton or wool, other nylon. I prefer a combo. The socks I wear are 88% cotton, 10% polyester and 2% elastic. They stay up which is a must; they are padded on the bottom, important and they are black, my choice.
You can check with your doctor before buying them, it won’t hurt. Just remember comfort is the key and proper socks will make a difference.
Taking care of your feet is part of your diabetes management routine and the proper socks will help you do that, so consider purchasing at pair and finding out for yourself.
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